Johnny Lee Long: Harley Benton Block 800B Amp

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Jun 23, 2020.

  1. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis

    This is a bit under $300. It looks like it is worth buying.
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  2. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Inactive

    Who is Johnny Lee Long?
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  3. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Shada Ka Ka!!
  4. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    He is a bassist and luthier/tech with a YouTube channel.
  5. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Inactive

    Thank you for the information. He does play well and that's a lovely six string he has. I have three sixes myself and I'm surprised how I get around on them with my small hands. LOL
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  6. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    hey, doc --- Brain Mayhem posted about this a couple of years ago: i saw it then but forgot about it until your thread. his thread: Harley Benton block 800b

    FWIW: they're cheaper as of your posting than they were in the above-referenced thread. it has some nice features for such a cheapie. it seems like some folks want to complain about the pre-amp, so i don't know what to make of that.

    i just finished posting in another thread that i don't need any more stuff... :D
  7. twinfallsbass

    twinfallsbass Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2005
    I like him, he's talented and funny. Oh, and the amp sounds pretty good too.
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  8. Omega Monkey

    Omega Monkey

    Mar 8, 2015
    This guy's world would be rocked if he learned how to set things flat to start with instead of cutting everything.
  9. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I would prefer just setting everything flat too, but cutting stuff is his method. He has a video that explains why he does it.
  10. Omega Monkey

    Omega Monkey

    Mar 8, 2015
    Sorry, but there's no "sound" explanation for doing it like that. This is the 2nd video I've seen where he just simply doesn't understand how the controls actually work. And I can pretty much guarantee he would be happier with the results he got if he just set everything flat and then bumped up the volume accordingly and then made whatever tweaks were needed to taste. Cutting everything is basically neutering the bass and on a 3 band preamp leaving 2 peaks in the sound between the different bands.

    At any rate, even if he loves the sound of the bass like that, "demos" are basically worthless because no one in their right mind is going to run their bass the same way.
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  11. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    Nice playing and vibe, but I must agree with Omega Monkey that reviewing an amp beginning with all the controls at 9:00 is like starting a book at chapter 11 :)
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  12. Omega Monkey

    Omega Monkey

    Mar 8, 2015
    More like reviewing the book, but only referring to "when that one guy did that thing", etc... You might end up with a VAGUE sense of what the book is about and the quality of the writing, but you're really still just going to have to read it for yourself or find a more helpful review.

    I would say this is even worse than guitar or pedal reviews where the "base line" is "here's the clean sound, which is actually a $3000 boutique amp pushed into overdrive already, because you definitely didn't want to hear what the pedal does by itself, since this is a review of an overdrive pedal". THAT is super annoying, but at least it's more or less a normal use case that lots of people are likely to do (not with the expensive amp probably).

    Also, just in general, the guy's vibe of goofiness and enthusiasm is endearing for about 12 seconds and then wears quickly after that.
  13. markbmbass


    Apr 19, 2012
    Sounds like you need a hug. Not sure I've ever seen so much unrelated negativity in a post before.
  14. pegdrums


    Dec 29, 2016
    soooo, just to revive this thread that started quite nicely.....Question about the head itself.

    Does anyone know the out out @8ohms?

    I have 2 8 ohm eden ex112 300 w cabs .
    Would this head be useable with one or both cabs? Ive no intention to crank it.

    Ghost of threads past.
  15. Snert


    Oct 3, 2021
    500W based on averages of others. The manual doesn't explicitly say.

    I don't know the cabs, but I can't see why not. What's your concern?

    I have one of these on the way as we speak.
  16. pegdrums


    Dec 29, 2016
    Thanks for your reply.

    my concern is just as a bit of a noob I’d be afraid of cooking components or blowing a speaker but I won’t be cranking it so as you say I’m sure it’ll be fine.

    Can anyone report on how loud the fan is? Yea expect some noise but had to return a head there based off n it sounding like a hoover at full tilt
  17. Snert


    Oct 3, 2021
    You will be fine. The golden rule with not killing drivers is to turn it down once it starts to sound bad, and you seem cautious and respectful of gear.

    No idea re the fan at the moment, but it doesn't seem to be a problem in any of the YT reviews I have seen.
  18. pegdrums


    Dec 29, 2016
    Yea, I treat gear well. its expensive and can last a long time if treated well.

    Agreed there doesn't seem to be too much noise being made about the fan which is good.

    Pun intended.